Kuwait’s commerce ministry has launched an investigation into reports that Israeli potatoes were being sold in the country.
“The ministry has a zero-tolerance policy towards the import and sale of Israeli products,” ministry sources told Al Kuwaitiya.
“The ministry is currently coordinating with several parties to reach a conclusion about the allegations and ensure that they are not malicious,” ministry sources told local daily Al Kuwaitiya.
“The ministry has a zero-tolerance policy towards the import and sale of Israeli products and if there are Israeli potatoes in the stores, there will be stringent action against those involved,” the sources said.
Kuwait, like most Arab countries, has no diplomatic or commercial relations with Israel and has rigorously implemented a 1964 law that banned the possession and trade of all Israeli products. Reports on the existence of Israeli products in the Kuwaiti market have been widely circulated in the virtual world even though they conflicted in the real world.
“The product has been spotted in several places and I would like to know how those in charge of monitoring the import of foreign products allowed it into the country,” said Khalid Al Subai, the deputy head of the Consumer Protection Society, according to Gulf News.
Abdul Aziz Al Samhan, the head of the Cooperative Societies Union, has denied the existence of any Israeli products in Kuwait’s cooperatives. “This is definitely a red line that no one is allowed to cross under any name,” he said in a statement. We do deplore the allegations by some people and the accusations they levelled at Al Nassem Cooperative claiming that it was selling potatoes in bags with an Israeli label,” he said, according to Gulf News.
[Matzav.com Israel News Bureau]